My She Speaks Experience Part 2 Lysa’s message, “Let God Chisel,” resonated within me…
Lysa recently took a trip to Italy for one purpose: to see a piece of art. Not just any piece of art, but the statue of David by Michelangelo Buonarroti. If you know anything about Michelangelo you know that he was a Painter, a Sculptor, and an Architect. Most would agree that Michelangelo’s David and the frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are his most admired works of art.
In the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Itlay, where “The David” is on display, there are incomplete marble statues still imprisoned in their marble fortresses. Michelangelo never finished these statues. What struck Lysa was the name of the figures in marble. They were called, “the Prisoners.” The Quattro Prigioni (the Four Prisoners) had never been freed from their prison of marble; therefore, their real artistic beauty had never been fully revealed.
David was different; he was free.
God chisels His people, those who seek after Him. It hurts, but it is freeing. As Lysa said, God chisels us “…to release us from our hard places.”
What about you? Have you been released from your hard places? Are you allowing God to daily chisel off the marble fragments that are
keeping you from knowing your purpose?
I love the verse she shared with us: “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; But Blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instructions” (Proverb 29:18). Revelation is God’s divine communication.
And possibly the last hard place that we allow to be chiseled is that of our mind.
But as Lysa said: “The most powerful weapon we have is our mind.” We can use our best weapon that God has given us: our mind, to overcome the barriers that insist that our hard places remain.
The two questions Lysa posed to the room of 650 women were: What if the difficulties in ministry are for our benefit? What if God will use the hurt for His good?”
Lysa shared with us the story of Joshua. In Joshua’s encounter with the Commander of the Lord’s Army in Joshua 5: 13-15, Joshua demanded to know if the ‘man’ standing with the sword in front of him was a friend or a foe. Joshua was stunned when the ‘man’ said “neither,” and told him that He was the Commander of the Lord’s Army. For the Commander it wasn’t a position of whose side He was on, but whose side Joshua was on. Almost immediately, Joshua in an act of awe and fear, fell prostrate before the Commander of the Lord’s Army. Imagine for a minute the stunned feeling Joshua had when the realization hit him that his perspective had been wrong all along. It was probably at that moment he realized that every difficulty that he and the Israelites had faced were for their benefit and for their good.
Joshua did not even question God when he received instructions from the Lord to walk around the wall of Jericho 1 time for 6 days and then walk around it 7 times on the 7th day and that God would give them the city. (See Joshua 6) He and the Israelites did exactly as they were told. Did their act of walking around the wall bring down the wall? No. But God did bring down the wall as a response to their faithful obedience.
God wants our obedience. We have to be willing to be chiseled, hurts and all, so that He may free us to do something extraordinary through us.
If you haven’t read Part 1 of My She Speaks Experience mini-series then click <here>
Come back on Monday, August 8, 2011 for Part 3. Read about how I felt forgettable at our Dinner evening meal and what God did later at my publisher meeting. Let’s just say God chiseled and then blessed! And I was awed, but only to have the awe develop one thousand fold the very next evening during Ann Voscamp’s message One Thousand Gifts. That recount (Part 4) will be later on next week, so come back!